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Foster Care in Uganda

Some estimates state that the number of children growing up in orphanages in Uganda has reached over 50,000, despite the vast majority of those children not being orphans at all. While it’s difficult to know exact numbers, those of us working in the field believe at least 80% of children in Ugandan orphanages have known relatives. Thankfully, there’s a growing movement among the government and many charities to move as many children as possible out of institutions and into family care. LWB was excited to begin foster care in Uganda in early 2018, and while the program is still small in numbers, it’s huge in impact for the children we’ve transitioned.

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Newborn Twins Ana and Lisa Arrive at the Mukono Baby Room

In early January, we learned of twin newborn girls in Uganda whose mother passed away the day after their birth. What an enormous loss for these preemie sisters. It’s heartbreaking to think of any mom losing her life giving birth. Maternal deaths vary greatly around the world, but the highest rates are still found primarily in Africa. Uganda has made great strides in reducing maternal deaths over the last five years, but their maternal death rate is still a far too high 336 per 100,000 live births.

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The Mukono Baby Room: Spotlight on Nutrition

UNICEF estimates that around 2.3 million children in Uganda are chronically malnourished. Indeed, the majority of children in the Mukono Baby Room came to the Tenderhearts Healing Home severely ill from malnutrition. Chronic poverty, neglect due to parental alcoholism or drug abuse, misguided beliefs about feeding practices, prematurity, loss of a parent, HIV infection or other infectious diseases, and food insecurity are all contributing factors to the issue of childhood malnutrition.

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Meet Vera

Baby Vera spent the first months of her life living with her elderly great-grandmother. Kinship ties in Uganda are quite strong, and this caring woman tried her best to care for her little great-granddaughter after her parents disappeared and left her in their care. When baby Vera was nine months old, her great-grandmother was no longer physically able to care for her, and she was taken into care at the Tender Hearts Baby Home.

Sweet Vera was understandably shy and clingy upon her arrival to the home. Read more

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The Mukono Baby Room

We are proud to announce the opening of the Mukono Baby Room — LWB’s newest healing home project!

The Mukono Baby Room is physically located within the Tender Hearts Baby Home on a beautiful hilltop in Mukono, a town in the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda. Read more

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